Rajnish Kumar rides his way to become Red Bull Pump Track India Champion

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Rajnish Kumar rides his way to become

Red Bull Pump Track World Championship - India Qualifiers Winner Rajnish Kumar with World Finals Ticket.

The second edition of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship- India qualifiers took place at The Wall Ride Park in Hyderabad on 8th September 2019. A field of riders took to the Wall Ride and skate park, the country’s first pump track; to try and secure their spot at the World Final in Switzerland later this year. The series has already taken pump track racing to a new level and is again bringing a fresh face to bike racing all around the world from Italy to the USA, Chile to India and Germany to South Africa.

Battling it out in the heat, the best riders from India and internationally were racing for tickets to the World Championship Final. Ahead of the knock out heats, riders completed timed seeding runs. It was competitive on the race track as Hamza Khan and Rajnish Kumar fought it out in the finals. As the finals approached, it was no longer just about the riders skill on the track but also their fitness and stamina. Rajnish eventually edged out his competitiors in the finals with a lap time of 19.56 seconds, leaving behind Hamza Khan from India, Arif Jufri (last year’s winner) and Muhammed Abdul Rakim both from Singapore who came in second, third and fourth respectively.

Rajnish Kumar, after winning the second edition of Red Bull Pump Track said “I am delighted to win this competition. Hamza put in a tough fight. All the riders were competitive and it was a very close race. I am passionate about cycle racing so I’m thankful to Red Bull Pump Track for giving me wings to showcase my skills. I am thrilled to participate in the World Championship in Switzerland. I will have to race much better as the best in the world would be competing there.”

Results:
Winner timed run / Qualification
Men: Rajnish Kumar/ India- 19.56
Women: Sarah Murray/ GBR- 22.83

Fastest time of the race
Men: Hamza Khan/ India- 19.08 in 1/4 Finals and Rajnish Kumar India- 19.33 in 1/2 Finals
Women: Sarah Murray/ GBR- 22.83

Race format
Qualification: single run time trial (2 runs each)

Finals
1/22 and 1/16 finals: Pursuit (2 riders start at the same time but from a different starting position, the one with the better time in qualification could choose starting position)
1/4, 1/2 and final: single run time trial

Total number of riders
22 men and 4 women participants

Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019